Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Vintage Pink Gingham Vinca Card

A 6x6 Dimensional Card using Lemoncraft's House of Roses Paper 

for Cherish the Memory

Hey there! Welcome to my blog post!

I love red and pink. I love both of them together, but out of the two if I had to choose one I would most certainly pick pink! A super bright fuchsia pink! I try to work in colors other than pink because it is one of the many ways I challenge myself as an artist. So, when I was sent this paper collection by Lemoncraft called House of Roses from Cherish the Memory, this girly girl was delighted! As usual I will post links at the end of my post on where to purchase.

So I went with simple design again with this card. Much like the last card, I wanted to keep it a neat and fast to make project. Coming up with the layout took me less than ten minutes and about half an hour to assemble! Oh! And while watching my soap opera! Talk about multitasking!

Using an image from the Vintage Time collection fussy cut page, I centered it as the focal point for my card. Since the card's theme is predominantly pink, I thought this white bouquet of gorgeous vincas would be the perfect contrast against the pink gingham background.

In addition to the contrasting white bouquet, layers were added underneath to make the focal point sort of pop up quite literally from the rest of the card. Remembering to keep the card simple, I limited the dimensional element only underneath the bouquet.

The lovely postcard you see in the background is from the ephemera pack which I have linked below. It is the second layer from the background paper to make it appear as if it was the postcard that was somewhat "wrapped" with the burlap floral ribbon, ready to be delivered.

Without adding too many patterns, I used similar patterned papaer to the gingham using dotted paper from the House of Roses paper pad to buffer the imagery between the layers. What this does is help hide some of the post card and ties the main ephemera piece to the background so that it all stays connected. I believe strongly in having my pieces all connect in design similarities so that there is harmony. This also helps the beige colored die cut heart circle stand out from the postcard with pink peeping through.

I used cute little white flowers that matched the bouquet and adhered tiny little pink pearls to make them match the vincas and decided to adorn the corners for consistency. 

For dimension in most of my projects, I use foam tape, but I hate to rely solely on foam tape so I always make sure to use any elements that might help me get that extra "oomph" in my layering. In this case, I tore the petals off of a large paper flower (If you gasped, I understand completely, but sometimes you need to improvise!) and glued the petals around the die cut heart frame to match the florals in the background. Again, I did this to create that connection for consistency and to also make the pink centers of the vincas pop. 

Lastly, I added two gemstones to counterbalance the vertical burlap strip. I love using these gems because it adds this beautiful light catching sparkle that rhinestones have. I always try to make my projects sparkly when I can!

Thank you SO much for checking out my blog post on this feminine vintage floral card! If you like my work please know that you can get these posts e-mailed to you by subscribing! Check out the links below if you are interested in creating with these gorgeous papers.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Lemoncraft's Vintage Time Simple Doily Card with Layers

Simple Vintage Time Card designed for Cherish the Memory
using "Gossamer Blue" Paper Pad

Once in a while, I challenge myself to stick to good old paper and adhesive for the sake of good simple design. Well, maybe with some ribbon and tiny embellishments thrown in ;) 

This card was a quick make, probably spent an hour and a half at the most with the most time consuming part being drooling at the paper choices and figuring out the layout.

Love Nuvo drops by Tonic. They are my go to product for even the simplest of projects. I love that drops can be added to even the most simplest card, and still add that detail I crave!

This little girl was my favorite feature of the collection! I knew that when I used her that I would save her for the simplest project, so that she may be the center of attention. I made sure to center her in the middle of the doily for the focal point on my card.

Flair buttons are fairly new to my crafting arsenal, but already have a hard time seeing myself crafting without them. In this case, it is a perfect embellishment over top of a ribbon bow, making it look as if it is holding the card closed.

The challenge I had with this card, for me because I'm detail oriented, was giving this card depth and dimension without making it a mixed media card, or losing it's simplicity. You can easily layer a simple card by playing with the paper itself, by using a bit of foam tape I created a "booklet" effect by placing strips of the different patterned paper in the paper pad and gave each one a different placement to make it appear as if each strip was essentially a "page" descending from left to the right. The beautiful music sheet really helped me achieve that look. To further accentuate this, I made sure the paper doily was beneath the strips.

See that little heart there? If you look closely, I have scattered and glue down little tiny hearts. They are hearts that were die cut leftovers punched out from a Spellbinders die I used for the blue rose doily behind the little vintage girl. 

Thank you for checking out my blog post on this simple card! These gorgeous Lemoncraft papers and flair button can be purchased at Cherish the Memory. Links below!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

I am a Semi-finalist for Heartfelt Creations Design Team!

If you enjoy my artwork, please be so kind as to vote for me! I would absolutely love to create for such a beautiful company!

Shabby Chic "Make today count" Mixed Media Tag

"Make today count" Mixed Media Tag

for Cherish the Memory

Using Lemoncraft's House of Roses Collection

"Make today count"

That is essentially everyone's goal, on a daily basis, right? Most of us may feel like we don't succeed in making every single day "count" but I think it's safe to say that most of us try. I like to think that every day counts, no matter what, even if we can't see how. I also think "make today count" means we should take some time every day to take a look around at the beauty in our surroundings, and I think this tag full of pretty flowers and butterflies is a great reminder to do that! This wonderful sentiment is a Tim Holtz sticker.

The House of Roses collection by Lemoncraft Papers is perfect for any lover of shabby chic! If you'd like to make this tag, the collection is available at Cherish the Memory store. I will list the links to the items at the end of my blog post.

The collection has a beautiful vintage theme, which is made up of soft shades of pink, creams, browns and greens. To showcase the softness of these colors, I decided to use black elements for contrast. To make these classic vintage colors pop, I added a cute black chipboard window frame by Creative Embellishments and used a black tag. If you don't have a black tag on hand, you can always use black cardstock paper to glue onto the tag, and make your tag thicker for more durability.

To tie the design of this retro polka dot pink background, I used a Fiskars punch called "Romantique" to make the edges match the style and soften the edges. Consider checking this punch out, it has three different edges and they are all gorgeous. I use it frequently! 

How I gave the tag texture

Background Elements

Do you see that lovely flair button? I am new to working with flair buttons and I LOVE them. They give such a new to me dimension and enhances the layers! 

To give the flowers an organic effect, I like to add materials that look like fine straw and twine. I find that using these materials helps to "fluffen" up the texture and give great dimension! Adding natural elements to any floral project really adds a realistic factor without having to go dig up anything in your garden! I personally don't have a garden, but I do own some English rose shrubs that may or may not have been such a great idea to grow here in Texas, since I can't stand to be outside most of the year. Oops.

Texture Materials : 

Ranger Glossy Accents
Nuvo Drops
Finnabair art ingredients Mini Art Stones
Faber Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel
Pink Glitter 
Clear Gesso/Clear Gel Medium

Texture Instructions

For this tag, I wanted to create subtle texture that would connect all the elements in the tag, but not become heavy or distracting. The background is very easy to create, just apply a coat of clear gesso or clear gel medium to the background paper and allow to dry first. Take a palette knife or a spatula, then, spread the Faber Castell Bead Glitter Gel on a craft/glass mat and mix by sprinkling glitter and Mini Art stones at your own preference and apply to the desired areas. 

Tip : Use Ranger Glossy Accents to create dew drops on flowers

I hope you have enjoyed my post! Thank you so much for stopping by. I have linked the paper I used below. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

"Gossamer Blue" Hydrangea and Roses Card using Lemoncraft Papers

 Hydrangea and Roses card for Cherish the Memory

With Tips to keep in mind while working with vintage inspired paper

Hello there! 

When I am not working on mixed media canvases, or playing with paints and inks in my art journal, it is nice for me to turn to card making. Card making allows me to use paper mainly as the main medium, versus the usual mediums I use for mixed media, all the while allowing me to still make them mixed media! I find that to be a wonderful thing because I get bored easily. I like to think that I have crafting ADD. Do you ever feel that way? 

This card was made using Lemoncraft papers, from the Gossamer Blue collection, and if you also love vintage graphics, you'll love this collection! This paper pad from Cherish the Memory has beautiful shades of blue, with varying hues! 

The Lemoncraft paper for images to die cut/fussy were my favorite. I used a spellbinders die to cut this pretty hydrangea from it's rectangular scroll design, which was perfect as it was, but I wanted to create a border that would complement it's surroundings on the card. 

Here you can see the different hues of blue that the paper collection has! The blues vary in range from a deep ocean blue, to a light sky blue with tints of teal. Natural jute twine was used to connect the sepia tones of the vintage inspired background of the hydrangea (there is a lot of beautiful old text backgrounds in the paper pack) to the rest of the card. Balance of color is very important to me to tie (no pun intended) it all together!

Tips to creating an aged look for when working with vintage inspired paper :

  • Use a distress tool to rough up the edges of the paper. I use a distress tool by Prima Marketing but you can also distress paper by using the side of the blade on a large pair of scissors, as long as you are careful.
  • For corners it's a wonderful idea to get yourself a decorative corner punch. The one I used for this card is the Fiskar's corner punch called "Romantique" and I love it!
  • When making a mixed media card, or anything vintage inspired, I love to throw antiquated looking lace in off white and cream colors. The lace I used here creates depth and complements the jute twine. Doilies are great too if you have them!
  • When working with vintage inspired papers, especially with sepia and warm tones, it is best to stick with off white shades and creams. Ivory is a good replacement for white. Personally, I love to use ivory pearls!

At first, I wasn't so sure about using the jute twine in combination with the satin ribbon, but I thought, "Why not?" went for it and loved it! No rules in art I always say! Which pretty much goes against just about everything I was taught in graphic design back in my college days :) The ribbon helps create the illusion that it is holding the blue roses together in a bunch, and the jute twine can be seen as the adornment filler for the roses or simply what attaches the image to the roses. All in the details.

For the background, I used a TCW stencil with wording to play along with the text in the paper by using modeling paste for texture. There are many mixed media details that can be subtle and soft, perfect for card making for adding interest, a blog post might be in order for that! 

The light blue specks you see on the main background paper (the distressed one) I created by using a Lindy's Stamp Gang spray called Tilt-o-Wheel Teal to match the foreground paper and tie everything together. When I did this, I made sure to cover the main image with a piece of scrap paper for masking it away from the speckles.

I hope you enjoyed this post and have gotten some new tips for yourself, or simply some inspiration! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or would like to read about something not being discussed. Thank you! Please subscribe to my blog if you'd like to be updated for new posts which happen about 2-3 times a month. 

Links to some of the goodies used! Click on the pictures to see specific items.

 Flair Button

 Fussy Cut Page

 Gossamer Blue Paper Pad

 Fussy Cut Page

Vintage Pink Gingham Vinca Card

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